Minnesota Genealogical Society

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Upcoming events

    • 1 Oct 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • Zoom Online

    Presented by Aimee Brown, sponsored by the Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota.
    a virtual program from the comfort of your desk.

    Description:
    Join us as Aimee Brown, Archivist and Curator of Special Collections at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) discusses genealogical resources available at the UMD Archives. Specific focus will be related to people who worked or attended UMD, as well as local history collections pertaining to Northern Minnesota. Records related to Polish Americans will be highlighted as much as possible, including information on the records of Gnesen Township, named by Polish settlers for the Poznan province city of Gnesen/Gniezno.

    This program meeting will be held virtually to all PGS-MN members; the Zoom link will be sent via email approximately one week prior to the event.

    Not a PGS-MN member and want to join this program? For only $5, join us by completing the online guest application below, which will then link you to pay online.

    Guest Registration:
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    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by John Grenham, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker John GrenhamProperty leaves traces long after people vanish. This talk looks at historic Irish institutions that recorded property transactions (The Registry of Deeds) and that created property tax records (The Valuation Office).They are two of the oldest intact record-holding institutions in Ireland and both provide (relatively) unbroken chains of evidence reaching back into the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

    The talk outlines their history, the key records they hold and how to interpret them and, most importantly, how to get at them, especially online. Forthcoming developments in both will also be described.

    John Grenham was Project Manager with the Irish Genealogical Project from 1991 to 1995 and later went on to develop and market his own genealogical software, Grenham’s Irish Recordfinder.
     
    In 2005, he was the first Genealogist-in-Residence at Dublin City Library. He was awarded a fellowship of The Irish Genealogical Research Society in 2007 and of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in 2010. He is the author of Tracing your Irish Ancestors (5th ed. Dublin, Baltimore MD, 2019) the standard reference guide for Irish genealogy, The Atlantic Coast of Ireland (2014), Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), and An Illustrated History of Ireland (1997), among other works. He wrote the "Irish Roots" column in The Irish Times from 2009 to 2016, develops heritage databases, and ran the Irish Ancestors website in conjunction with The Irish Times until 2016. He now runs the successor website at www.johngrenham.com

    Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.
    IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

    • 5 Nov 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by James Ryan, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker James RyanThis talk outlines the origins and structure of the names of Irish places and explains the historical reasons for the variations in place names encountered in Irish records, caused by a process of anglicization of Irish or Gaelic place names over a long period. We will also outline the land divisions and places that required naming, and the practices that applied in this process.

    It will also show key sources that are available to help in finding currently accepted placenames; and the books and websites available to provide the details of the locations of places; the name variations that applied; and maps of different scales and vintages. For each source the type of information contain ed will be shown, and how these reference sources can be found. 

    James Ryan Ph.D. is an author, speaker, writer and publisher who has been active in Irish genealogy for the past thirty-five years. He founded Flyleaf Press in 1987 which has since merged with Ancestor Network Ltd.

    His book Irish Records (published by Ancestry Inc.) has been a standard guide for Irish genealogists since its publication in 1987. His research interests include church records, which resulted in his editing and publication of Irish Church Records and Rentals which has resulted in a series of blogs at www.ancestornetwork.ie/blog/.

    Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.
    IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

    • 3 Dec 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
    Presented by Mary Wickersham , hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
    a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

    $15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

    photo of speaker Mary WickershamMillions of U.S. passenger arrival records are available online; even more are not yet indexed from ships’ passenger manifests stored on microfilm at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.  How can you tell when your ancestor came to the North America? Searching ship’s manifests and other historical records may provide you with clues about an ancestor’s date and ship of arrival in the U.S.  Major resources for finding U.S. (and some Canadian) immigration information will be discussed and listed in the class handout with links to online repositories and helpful online how-to reading materials.

    Mary Wickersham is a professional genealogist who has been researching her own Irish roots for almost 25 years.  Mary was an early user of Ancestry.com and other major genealogy databases.  A past IGSI board member, Secretary, Treasurer and President, she now invests much of her time as IGSI’s Web Editor and Septs Co-Managing Editor, and was a Co-Chair for Celtic Connections Conference 2020.  She has given many classes for IGSI and other organizations and is a regular participant in IGSI’s Brick Walls panel.  Mary is a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists. 

    Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.


    IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

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